|The Illinois-Missouri Biotechnology Alliance (IMBA) is a joint program of the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University and the University of Missouri and is funded by a Congressional Special Grant administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of IMBA is to fund biotechnology research that is an integral part of a Research and Development (R&D) program directed at expanding the volume of profitable businesses in the United States (U.S.) food and agricultural sector.
Initially, the IMBA program was limited in scope to corn and soybeans. However, the scope of IMBA interest now encompasses all concepts of these industries including production, processing, marketing, utilization, inputs and support services, as well as economic, social, environmental, and natural resource concerns.
The geographical focus of IMBA is Illinois and Missouri along with other Midwestern states having similar crops, soils, climate, and socio-economic conditions.
Operational management of IMBA is located at the University of Missouri in the Office of Program Manager. Distribution of IMBA funds is managed by the University of Illinois.